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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 09 2015 :  07:12:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wanda, glad I could help you out. I still dry small gourds, sunflowers, and wildflowers in baskets.

Years ago I did wild crafting and drove the country roads looking for plants to dry. I made a sunflower drying crate by nailing screen to a wooden box. To dry sunflowers I poked holes in the screen with an ice pick and put the sunflower through it. The sunflowers dried flat and lasted for years. Just talking about it makes me want to do it again.

Alice, Paris is in northeast Texas along the Red River Texas Oklahoma border; several hundred miles northeast of Austin.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 09 2015 :  09:58:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Went to the farmer's market. Not a lot of vendors and the ones that were there said they are having a hard time harvesting because of all the rain.

Bought to dry:
2 1/2 lbs. baby mustard greens
1 bunch of turnip greens

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 29 2015 :  02:50:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, lemon grass, & cinnamon basil. To be used in sugars or teas.

Orange peel for orange sugar

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - May 29 2015 :  07:31:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Sara
I saw this idea on line and will try for sure. Take the green tops of green onions. Brown or char in a cast iron skillet. Dehydrate, then grind. Use as a smoky onion seasoning.



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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 29 2015 :  07:50:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, that sounds so good. Will give it a try too.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2520 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2520 Posts

Posted - May 29 2015 :  5:13:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Been drying herbs, like a lot of you have. Chives, garlic chives and loveage so far. Oregano and thyme you are next.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 29 2015 :  5:26:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, I planted lovage this year but because of our crazy weather it didn't make. Maybe I'll try again next year.

Next week I hope to dry chives, Greek oregano, and English thyme.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 30 2015 :  06:38:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today it's baby spinach - bought a pkg in marked-down bin for 68 cents and it was still in date. Just had to get it to dry.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Song Sparrow
True Blue Farmgirl

1010 Posts

Amy
Talleyville Delaware
USA
1010 Posts

Posted - May 30 2015 :  11:25:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apples, my first experiment outside of air-drying herbs. :)

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  05:57:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amy, how did your apples turn out?

This week I will be drying herbs for medicinal & cooking tea bags.

Chives - Sage - Greek Oregano - Rosemary - Spearmint - Garlic - Mojito Mint - Thyme - Pepper Mint - Lemon Grass

The only thing I have to buy is garlic. Next year I hope to be growing garlic.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2340 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2340 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  09:16:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We like to dry pineapple. Take advantage of sales at the store. Dry it and store it in a jar. They are just like candy and lots better for you.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  10:12:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi girls!

I'm getting ready to dry tomato skins from frozen tomatoes (which I'm turning into sauce and salsa)... I understand you can grind them up into a nice powder to add to recipes, as well as to reconstitute into tomato paste! Have any of you tried this before????

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  10:26:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't tried tomato skins but I have dried eggplant skins. Used the powder as flavoring.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

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Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2340 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  6:49:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
tomato skins work well, especially when pulverized when dry.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Jun 08 2015 :  7:35:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome! Thanks, Bonnie! I'm excited to see how it goes!

Sara - I am really looking forward to doing just that this year. I bet dehydrated veggie powder is a wonderful thing!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3048 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3048 Posts

Posted - Jun 09 2015 :  05:34:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini - I make a jar of pulverized dehydrated tomato skins eery year as I process tomatoes, to make tomato paste! LOVE it!

Sara - we grew garlic for the first time this year. It was great! The only issue s I know have to figure out how to store all of it! I found a blog post that says you can store it in the fridge in vinegar for a year, but that is a lot of fridge room. But it is too hot and humid here for it to just be stored in the pantry!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jun 15 2015 :  08:19:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I am drying oregano to try something new in how I use it. On Lidia's Italy on PBS she uses dried oregano with leaves still on the stems. The stems are kept in a cone of what looks like cellophane. She takes the cone out of a container; turns it upside down over the dish and rubs it in her hands until the desired amount of dried oregano comes out. She then puts it back into the container.

I want to try it using wax paper. Will keep it in a 2qt wide mouth jar.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Jun 15 2015 :  10:13:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've seen her do that too. I love Lidia.
I hang my oregano and sage in bunches use that method, although the wax paper will likely keep it fresher.


"We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – R.R.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2015 :  03:58:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa the wax paper didn't work so I used a cellophane bag and put it into a gal zip lock bag. I have used it several times and like doing it that way.

I planted winter & summer savory for the Jubilee. The winter savory is ready for me to harvest 1/3 of it today for drying.

The summer savory is an annual so I will harvest & dry the entire plant in the fall.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2015 :  06:51:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Decided to dry part of summer savory because I don't know how it will do through our Texas heat.

Also drying red onions.

As I was harvesting the summer savory I also did purple basil to make purple basil & red onion vinegar.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jul 07 2015 :  08:28:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thyme - hadn't planned on doing it today, but it's growing out into the lawn. So it was either prune and dry it today, or lose it to the yardman's riding lawn mower.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jul 09 2015 :  05:14:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday & today I'm drying:

Yellow squash from sister's garden.

Mixed baby greens - kale, spinach, & Swiss chart. 2 bags that were marked down to $.98 each. Like taking advantage of store sales for my drying.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2015 :  05:53:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kale! Yesterday my sister bought a bunch of kale over and said "she bought it, but now doesn't want to cook it so I can do whatever I wanted to with it - even give it to the chickens".

Well, my chickens don't like kale - I've tried - and besides who can say no to a sister who is also bringing tomatoes from her garden - especially a Cherokee purple. So today I am drying kale.

Have a blessed day, Sara ~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2451 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2015 :  3:28:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well have had much to do around here. dried some herbs for my pantry. soon i'll be drying lots of tomatoes from the garden to make delicious sun dried tomatoes like i did last year, I am hooked on them!

oregano


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 27 2015 :  10:43:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying today & tomorrow: green onions, celery, and celery leaves.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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